MICHAEL H. KAPLAN
Founder & President
Michael’s professional career spans three continents, five languages, and leadership positions in private and public sectors. Based in Arlington, VA, and Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Kaplan is the founder and president of Taivaco LLC, where he is responsible for the company’s management and growth.
Michael was the Director of Business Development for ICON, Taiwan’s preeminent branding and licensing firm. Clients include 3M, Nokia, KFC, Pfizer, Fendi, LG, and KnightWorks, a Tim Burton Award Winner. Formerly, he was the Director of Marketing at Sanyo, where clients included Sony, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Panasonic, Bose and Nissan. By mayoral appointment, Michael served on the San Francisco Bay Waterfront Committee.
Michael was a foreign exchange scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands, and completed graduate programs at George Mason University in Virginia and CCU in Taipei. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Married with one daughter, Michael enjoys biking, music and advising entrepreneurs.
ELIZABETH PEREA, M.A., PhD.
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth is an experienced leader and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in training, executive coaching, consulting, marketing, sales, and business development. A facilitation and learning evaluation expert, Dr. Perea has trained and/or coached over 1,000 C-suite executives, sales teams, and successful business owners, in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, real estate, digital media, technology, and finance. As co-founder of Taivaco, Elizabeth shares responsibility for the company’s management and growth. As COO she oversees operations, ensures consistent adherence to Taivaco’s vision, mission and core values. She safeguards a seamless execution of Taivaco strategies on every level.
Dr. Perea is a magna cum laude graduate in Communication: Training & Business Development. She has a Master of Arts in Organizational & Marketing Communications, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication & Cultural Studies. After teaching at the University of Illinois for a number of years, she moved to Manhattan and founded Brickhouse Solutions, Inc., a full-service communication consulting firm and a holding company for her two training divisions. She and her wife live in Manhattan and enjoy cycling, walking the city, the theater, and world-class food and wine.
Dean Bellamy served as an assistant dean at Georgetown Law for 30 years. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section and the BusinessWeek Alliance Market Advisory Board. For twelve years, he was co-chair of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division. Since 1990, he has been teaching a small business law course at Georgetown. In 1998, he taught a course in international business regulation at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has advised small business owners and entrepreneurs for over twenty-five years. He has also been a founder and member of several startup companies.
His writings include "The Status of African American Law Professors" (1992); and "Academic Enhancement and Counseling Programs: Counseling Minority Law Students," St. Louis University Public Law Review (1991). Dean Bellamy teaches Small Business Law and Entrepreneurship at the Law Center. Dean Bellamy has been a guest lecturer at Howard University Small Business Development Center, Babson College (Massachusetts) School of Entrepreneurship and the University of Maryland's Hinman CEOs Program in Entrepreneurship Education. In 2011 and 2012, he attended the Northwestern University School of Law Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth Program. Currently, he is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law and, for ten years, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Bar Association (NBA). In 2004, he received the NBA's Presidential Award. B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin; J.D., Cleveland-Marshall.
Amy Feldman is a business development and communications professional with over two decades of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was the Director of Programs for the Business Outreach Center, a non-profit which provides New York City residents with the counseling, training, technical assistance, and capital they need to launch and grow successful microenterprises and community businesses.
Previously, as a Program Officer at the Citi Foundation, Ms. Feldman managed over $90 million in philanthropic investments from 2005-2010 to more than 2,000 global and domestic economic empowerment programs across 60 countries. Additionally, she developed global and local strategic communications plans to drive external and internal awareness of the Foundation’s innovative and high profile economic empowerment initiatives.
Before joining the Citi Foundation, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Public Affairs for Citi International where she supported the company’s strategic objectives to generate business opportunities across all product lines and drive business growth across Citi’s footprint in approximately 100 countries.
Prior to her tenure at Citi, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Corporate Relations at Viacom, and a core member of the planning and implementation team that led all external and internal communications strategies at Viacom during its mergers with Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment, and CBS, resulting in corporate growth from 5,000 employees in 1989 to over 50,000 employees by 2000.
She received her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1986 and was accepted into the MBA Program at Pace University in 2011.
LOUIS A. PICCOLO
As founder and president of Piccolo Business Advisory, a management consulting firm that has specialized in turn-around management since 1988, Mr. Piccolo provides financial, operational and systems expertise to a variety of industries in the U.S. and internationally.
A subspecialty of Piccolo Business Advisory is capital/debt procurement and start-up enterprises. With clients, both publicly and privately held, whose revenues range from $1 billion down to $5 million, Piccolo Business Advisory, with its 4 professional consultants, has rendered services to clients in the U.K., India, Singapore and Japan.
Some of the industries serviced are: retailing, manufacturing, property management, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, public relations, hotels and restaurants, food wholesaling, fashion, information systems, automated systems integration, office furniture dealerships, theatrical set design and construction, health care, health and nutrition, publishing, architecture, window manufacturing, and retail malls.
In some cases, to ensure a continuity of advisory services, a successful turn-around or start-up will appoint Mr. Piccolo to its Board of Directors. Over the years, Mr. Piccolo has served on the board of 4 clients in total, of which he currently serves on the board of two.